Edwards leads Bucs' girls to win over Vikings
Fri. January 04, 2013 at 11:39 p.m. | By Tim Hower | StarNews Correspondent
Laney’s Paulette Addison shoots over Hoggard’s Ellen Tootoo during their Mideastern Conference game Jan. 4, 2013, at Laney High School. (Photo by Photo by Paul Stephen)
Tiana Edwards had her coming-out party Friday night as the Laney girls basketball team opened Mideastern Conference play with a victory.
Edwards scored a game-high 21 points to lift the Bucs to an impressive 51-29 win over visiting Hoggard.
"I was concerned about our state of mind coming into this game tonight," Laney coach Sherri Tynes said. "Because I knew we were going to have to play well, play hard with lots of energy and play intelligently, and I think for the most part we did those things tonight."
The first half belonged to Edwards, who scored 19 total points in three games at the Leon Brogden tournament last week. She was 6 of 8 from the field, including 4 of 4 from 3-point range, to match Hoggard in scoring at 16.
Edwards and backcourt mate Briana Baham combined to score 29 points and hit five of the Bucs' six 3-pointers.
"We tell them they have to score, because teams are going to be sagging in and they are going to dare you to shoot, and you have to make those shots," Tynes said.
Laney (10-1, 1-0) led by six at the break, but turned up its defensive pressure in the second half. The Bucs opened the third quarter on a 13-0 run keyed by Baham and Amber Doniere. Laney outscored Hoggard 29-13 in the second half.
Julie Buehler scored a team-high 10 points to pace the Vikings (4-7, 0-1). Brianna Smith chipped in seven.
Boys: Hoggard 54, Laney 41
Joe O'Donnell scored 19 points and Trevor Singleton continued his outstanding play with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Hoggard snap a four-game losing streak at Michael Jordan Gymnasium.
Hoggard (6-5, 1-0) opened the game on a 21-9 run, but got cold halfway through the second quarter. Laney responded by going on a 9-2 run of its own to cut the deficit to just five at halftime.
The Vikings' lead was four entering the final quarter before they went on a 17-5 run to increase the lead to 49-33 following an O'Donnell fast-break layup. O'Donnell and Singleton scored 19 of Hoggard's final 29 points.
"We made some adjustments and sort of extended our defense a little bit on their 3-point shooters," Queen said. "It made their shots harder, and we were able to get out and run."
Kevin Bell scored 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range, to lead Laney (4-7, 0-1).